A FATHER’S DAY GIFT You’ll Actually Use!

June 4, 2014 by · Comments Off 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminWant the best outdoors shirt for summertime RV camping? The best I have found is the Columbia PFG “Performance Fishing Gear”( line of shirts. They are an ideal blend of style and function, and help keep you cool on hot days. I bought one of these shirts (in the Tamiami II style), and liked it so much I bought a couple more. I wear these “fishing” shirts even though I’m not much of a fisherman. They are amazingly comfortable, and they look nice too. Mine are short sleeve, but Columbia makes long sleeve and a few different styles. Sporting a Columbia PFG shirt (in the Tamiami II style) at the Yukon's awesome Kluane Lake. Never let grizzly bears see you sweat! Click the pic for more info. What makes these shirts so great? They contain Columbia’s “Omni-Dry” moisture wicking technology. The material draws moisture away from your body where it evaporates into the air. I’m sure there’s a little bit of marketing razzle dazzle here, but this stuff really does work. The material has “quick dry” properties... Read more

BIRDFEEDING: How to Attract Large Birds (Like Redbellied Woodpeckers)

May 8, 2014 by · Comments Off 

If you want to attract even larger birds to your area, consider using suet cakes ( and a suet basket feeder ( This is a cheap and effective way to go. Cakes can be purchased in bulk, and the baskets only cost a few dollars. Larger birds like this redbellied woodpecker love eating suet cakes from a tree-mounted basket. (Click the pic to get your own.) As we’ve discussed, many birds love the fatty goodness of suet. Fat contains high amounts of energy (I should know – I’m storing large quantities of “energy” around my midsection). Suet cakes are probably the most popular method of delivering suet. We buy the cakes in bulk quantities. A single cake lasts a long time, so long as you can keep it away from the local raccoons. (More on this in a moment.) Each cake comes individually packaged in a plastic container. It’s recommended that cakes be refrigerated before use, simply because cool suet is more easily removed from the container. But room temperature suet is no problem either. To distribute a suet cake, simply place the cake inside a basket feeder. Then attach the basket feeder to a tree. Why own a suet basket? Larger birds, like redbellied woodpeckers, may not want to land on a seed ball feeder. But these same birds are happy to grab a tree trunk and gobble suet from a basket. Unfortunately, so are raccoons. If you have any raccoons in your area, you’re best advised to place this feeder where... Read more

REVIEW: Merrell “Jungle Mocs” Are Perfect RV Camping Shoes

April 22, 2014 by · Comments Off 

I recently picked up a third pair of Merrill Jungle Mocs ( Although my first two pair are still in great shape – they seem to last forever – I wanted to add a different color. (Insert Imelda Marcos joke here.) These are the best shoes I’ve found for RV camping. How so? Let’s consider some of the unique attributes of RV camping. In a typical day, you go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. Get the picture? My wife and I like to remove our shoes when stepping indoors. We aren’t strict about it, but if possible we prefer not to track mud and dirt all over our RV floor. So our preference is for shoes that are easily removable (no laces), comfortable, and versatile. If your shoes have extensive lacing, you’ll spend about five hours a day tying and untying your footwear. Look ma! No hands! (Click the pic for more info.) In ideal weather, my favorite camping shoe is a pair of Crocs flip flops. (Crocs is a longtime favorite, and you can read our ode to these flip flops in a separate post.) In all other weather (including cooler good weather) I choose Merrell, a brand of outdoor foot apparel. Merrell makes everything from running shoes to hiking boots to semi-formal shoes. Merrell’s Jungle Mocs are the best thing for RV camping since fresh water. Obviously I haven’t... Read more

REVIEW: Chamberlain’s Leather Milk

April 15, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Today we’re taking a look at Chamberlain’s Leather Milk (, a unique leather cleaning and conditioning product that’s a perennial bestseller. If you have leather seats or other leather products in your RV, it’s worth a look. This Chamberlain’s product is touted as “Leather Care Liniment No. 1.” It’s interesting that the company is labeling this product a liniment, since that sounds like something with medicinal value. Is this a magic leather elixir? Indeed, Chamberlain’s Leather Milk promises to do it all. It’s a combination of natural conditioners plus a gentle cleaner. So unlike Lexol, which offers separate cleaning and conditioning products, with Chamberlain’s you can let one product do the work. The gentle nature of the cleaning means the “milk” may be used as often as desired to clean and refresh leather items. It also means that for extra heavy cleaning jobs, you’ll likely want a more robust cleaner. My personal interest is in keeping our tow vehicle SEEMORE’s leather seats well conditioned and looking their best. But Chamberlain’s claims to be effective on all sorts of leather products, including bags, luggage, purses, shoes, boots, saddle/tack, and leather apparel. Just don’t use it on soft leather and suede and you should be fine. Chamberlain’s includes a special applicator pad to ensure you get the best results from the conditioner. The first thing you may notice... Read more

REVIEW: “Cut Resistant” Kevlar Gloves

April 14, 2014 by · Comments Off 

I keep lots of gloves in our RV – so many that my wife thinks I have a glove hoarding problem and/or fetish. But each pair really does serve a unique purpose. An example is these G&F Kevlar Cut Resistant Gloves ( which are designed to protect hands from cuts and abrasions. These gloves are made of cut resistant Kevlar. (Click the pic for more info.) At first glance, these gloves looks like ordinary cotton gardening gloves. But closer inspection reveals that they are made of cut resistant Kevlar. Note that they are cut resistant, not cut proof. If you really wanted to cut these gloves with a sharp knife, you could probably do so. But it would take some effort. Kevlar offers protection from the sort of small cuts that may happen when handling tools like knives and other blades. Some people use these gloves while working with wood. Others like to wear these gloves in the kitchen when using dangerous tools like a Japanese mandolin. If you want your Kevlar gloves to last, use them for cutting tasks ONLY. Use different gloves for work. (Click the pic for more info.) The goal here is to protect one’s hands from sharp edges of metals, ceramics, glass, and other materials. These particular gloves are studded with PVC dots on both sides that provide excellent grip. Note that over time the PVC dots can get damaged as you handle heavy objects. I have worn these Kevlar gloves while working with a chainsaw and handling wood. I have no illusions that these... Read more

REVIEW: Comfort Sleep Mask

April 11, 2014 by · Comments Off 

One popular video on our YouTube Channel ( offers advice on sleeping in an RV ( A quality sleep mask like the Lewis & Clark Comfort Eye Mask ( really helps one get a good night of sleep. Advice on sleeping? It sounds crazy, at least until the first time you go camping in your RV. It takes a little time and experience for your sleep in a “home on wheels” to be just as satisfying as sleep in a brick-and-mortar home. With any RV comes a few issues with regard to ambient light and sound. We’ve found that keeping a few key items in the RV like sleep masks makes a big difference when we’re on the road. Most RVs have some “light leakage” issues, and a quality sleep mask solves them all. The "comfort sleep mask" is large (that's a good thing as it blocks out light), and the material is nice and soft. (Click the pic for more info.) It’s also true that sleep involves conditioning. If you regularly wear a sleep mask, you become conditioned to it. In other words, the simple act of putting on the mask can put your mind in a more relaxed state, encouraging sleep. The Lewis & Clark sleep mask is a well regarded bestseller. It’s certainly a cut above the average masks you might find in your local department store. The mask consists of a pad of cushioned material that blocks out light. The material is thick and soft. (If you are sleeping in a very warm climate, it... Read more

“Zzz” Better with Memory Foam

April 8, 2014 by · Comments Off 

One of our all-time favorite RV upgrades is our memory foam mattress topper ( It transformed our lousy RV mattress into a comfy place to sleep. But if we were shopping today, we might replace the entire mattress with a memory foam RV mattress ( For a little more than a mere topper, now you can outfit your rig with a complete mattress. With the RV camping season upon us, this may be the best upgrade you can make. Memory foam is the key to sleep in an RV! (Click the pic for more info.) We spend about one-third of our lives asleep. It’s tough to enjoy a day if you didn’t get quality sleep the night before. Yet most RVs are equipped with thin mattresses that provide minimal back support. In fact, the average RV mattress is scarcely more supportive than a pile of dead leaves. Our Airstream mattress, which is simply an average off-the-rack RV mattress, rests on a hard slab of plywood. It’s kind of like sleeping on a lumpy piece of wood. What do you get when you place a thin lousy mattress on top of a hard surface? You get a backache, that’s what you get. You also get grumpy. You get into arguments. Eventually, you get a divorce. Don’t get a divorce. Get memory foam. Lay a mattress topper on top of an ordinary RV mattress for a vast improvement in sleep! (Click the pic for more info.) What is memory foam? It’s another modern material that’s improving our lives. It’s soft yet firm, offering both... Read more

GUMMI PFLEGE: Save Your Rubber Seals

March 19, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Another fantastic “secret” garage product is Gummi Pflege ( This is a wonderful German rubber care product that is especially popular amongst “in the know” BMW owners. But the protective properties of Gummi Pflege are good for rubber seals on all-American RVs, too. This is "the good stuff" for all things RUBBER - especially door seals. (Click the pic for more info.) Gummi Pflege works wonders on rubber trim and seals. BMW guys love to use it on weather seals that line the doors, hood, and truck of their cars. It helps to reduce squeaks, rattles, and potential water leaks. Any rubber surface benefits from an occasional dose of Gummi Pflege, but it’s especially good with seals. I doubt you’ll ever see this product in a typical retail store. Perhaps one reason that not many people know about Gummi Pflege is the weird name. In truth, the name “Gummi Pflege Stift” sounds quite exotic – until you realize it’s simply German for “Rubber Maintenance Stick!” The product comes in a “shoe polish” style applicator stick. Simply open the cap, tilt the stick, and rub the foam applicator onto the rubber surface. There’s minimal waste; just be careful when opening the container. Gummi Pflege protects rubber from the damaging effects of excessive cold, heat, and UV rays. Gummi Pflege is especially good at preserving the elasticity of rubber. It helps prevent the dreaded drying and cracking... Read more

Awesome Microfiber Cleaning… GLOVES?!

January 16, 2014 by · Comments Off 

If you read our website ( on a regular basis then you are well aware of my husband’s love of gloves. I joke with him that it’s an addiction. He has a ridiculous number of gloves– for warm weather, cold weather, wet weather, hitching, sewer duty, camera duty… The list goes on. These microfiber cleaning gloves are awesome. Ladies, get your husbands a pair! (Click the pic for more info.) But yesterday he surprised me. He bought himself a pair of Clean Green High-Performance Microfiber Cleaning and Dusting Gloves ( Yes, you read that right. My husband bought a pair of gloves to CLEAN and DUST! Oh happy day! These little gems work wonders. They make cleaning super easy because they attract dust like a magnet. That means you don’t have to use any dusting sprays or chemicals, which cuts down on your cleaning supply costs and helps the environment! Just slip them on and get to wiping. And that’s just what he’s done! The microfibers act as a DUST MAGNET - no need for sprays or chemicals! (Click the pic for more info.) They are especially good for wiping down decorative “knick-knacks” and blinds because you can clean the smallest details using just your fingertips. What used to be the most time consuming part of dusting and cleaning, is now the quickest. In our Airstream, dust is an issue that merits special attention. We get a lot of dust accumulation as we travel. This is due to a variety of reasons unique to... Read more

Heat Your RV with Propane WITHOUT Using Electricity

January 6, 2014 by · Comments Off 

As winter rolls in, we’re always on the lookout for better ways to keep our RV warm. The Camco Olympian Wave Heater ( merits special attention. This is a propane powered radiant heater that’s designed for use inside an RV. Olympian Wave heaters can be wall mounted, or left standing and used as portable space heaters. 3000 BTUs of safe propane powered heat. These heaters are available in 3000 BTU, 6000 BTU, and 8000 BTU variants. This heat output will heat anywhere from 130 to 290 square feet of interior space. Olympian Wave heaters are powered by propane and use no electricity. With an Olympian Wave heater there’s no battery drain whatsoever. (This is a nice contrast to our Airstream heat furnace which drains battery with every use.) Thus, they are ideal for boondocking and dry camping. 3000 BTUs is good. 6000? Twice as good! (Click the pic for more info.) Olympian Wave heaters are silent. There is no fan or blower noise. Due to the double platinum heating element, there is no significant production of carbon monoxide or other harmful waste gases. These heaters radiate heat directly to people and RV interiors without heating the air first, so warmth is felt immediately. Radiant heat is often compared to solar heat, since it’s the same type of heat generated by the sun. The Mac Daddy! 8000 BTUs of warmth. (Click the pic for more info.) They can be used as a primary or secondary heat source. In other words, you could have a second heat... Read more

Next Page »